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It’s Almost here, CicLAvia April 6 2014: Iconic Wilshire Blvd

Open streets and the opportunity to explore one of the most legendary boulevards in Los Angeles car free by foot, bike, skates or other non-motorized transport marks the April 6th, 2014 CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.… the most walkable CicLAvia route ever!

SM Spoke, Santa Monica feeder ride information here. As usual we plan to start at the top of the Santa Monica Pier.

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Click here to download a printable map    

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard transforms one of the legendary thoroughfares of Los Angeles on April 6. CicLAvia is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is not required and there is no starting or ending point along the route.
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard offers six miles of car-free, open streets and participants can join the fun at any point along the route.

Wilshire Boulevard was first carved out as a long path through a barley field in 1895. While its beginnings were humble, this path has transformed into one of the most notable boulevards in all of the United States. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on CicLAvia day, participants can stroll through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados.

The CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard route will connect One Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles to Fairfax Avenue along Miracle Mile. These two anchor hubs will feature pedestrian zones with performers, activities sponsored by several fantastic museums, programming by some of our community partners, food trucks and more. Additional hubs along the route include MacArthur Park, Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire.

No matter how you plan your trip, take advantage of CicLAvia’s free downloadable stories on Wilshire Boulevard and “The Modernist’s Guide to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard”, which are sure to enrich your experience as you travel through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution.

For info and options on WalkLAvia click here

Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST! See detour info below
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733  Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

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Rapid 10: CicLAvia Detour 4/6

 We encourage riders to participate in the event and to follow BBB’s bicycle guidelines when bringing a bike on board the bus.
Rapid 10 buses will be on detour in Downtown LA and from the first to last trip of the day on Sunday, April 6.
Towards Santa Monica
Regular route to Flower St. at 6th St., then buses will detour and turn left 6th St., right on Grand Ave. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Hope St.; instead use stop on Flower St. at 5th St.
  • Wilshire Blvd. at Grand Ave.; instead use stop on Grand Ave. at 9th St.
Towards Downtown Los Angeles
Regular route to Olive St. at 7th St., then buses will detour and continue on Olive St., turn left on 5th St., right on Figueroa St. and resume regular route. The following bus stops will be missed:
  • 7th St. at Olive St., Hope St., and Figueroa St.; instead use stops on Olive St. at 9th St. or Figueroa St. at 5th St.
  • Figueroa St. at 6th St.; instead use stop on Figueroa St. at 5th St.
For assistance planning your trip, call Customer Service at 310-451-5444.
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Join me in Sacramento? Transportation Choices Summit 2014


2014 is a year of tremendous opportunity for California’s communities.  Imagine our communities with world-class, affordable public transit, walkable, bikeable streets, and homes affordable and accessible to all.  That’s what’s possible. With millions of new cap-and-trade revenue, California is now deciding how to best spend that money. You and I have the opportunity to tell legislators how this money can and should make a difference in our daily lives.

This will be my third year participating in the important summit and lobby day at our state capital. I invite you to join me in Sacramento at the Transportation Choices Summit on Tuesday, April 22 and at the optional Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 23rd. We’ll learn about the latest legislative developments and strategize with community advocates from around the state.  Together, we can build a movement to transform transportation and improve the lives of all Californians. There are low-cost and no-cost options to attend. Click here to learn more and register at:

2014 Advocate of the Year finalist Cynthia Rose

2014 Advocacy Awards Nominees: Advocate of the Year

Oscars_captioned_image_-_600_wideMany nominations are received for the Advocacy Awards. This year over 80 people were nominated for Advocate of the Year. We are very proud our Director Cynthia Rose is among the 10 finalists for Advocate of the Year 2014! We invite you to visit the Alliance website to view the full list of Advocacy Award nominees this year. When you read the accomplishments of these dedicated individuals it is no wonder we are seeing the momentum for walking and biking building in the US. The Alliance Advocacy Awards are held in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. The 2014 Advocacy Awards ceremony, presented by Bicycling Magazine, will be held on the evening of Monday, March 3, 2014 at RFD.

Hokie as it may sound, it is such an honor to be nominated and in the company of such incredible finalists. Though I don’t know them all I am privileged to have worked with several of them. I am especially honored to share this list with my friend and colleague on the California Bike Coalition Board of Directors, Samantha Ollinger. She is founder and Executive Director of Bike San Diego. Sam “blamed” me for inspiring her into her current role – I say Sam is a brilliant example of getting the job done, with class and efficiency. SHE is indeed an inspiration!  And not to be left out – I could not do what I have done without the years of commitment and dedication of the Santa Monica Spoke Steering Committee, the talented and engaged City staff and our community – YOU ALL are helping set the climate of the future – Thank you!!
With incredible advocates and national organizations like the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists – WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE WILL ALL INDEED BE WINNERS!
Cynthia Rose

Advocate of the Year
This award goes to an individual leader of a bicycling and/or walking advocacy organization who has shown tireless commitment to promoting bicycling and walking in his/her state/community. This person goes above and beyond the call of duty to transform his/her state/community into a great place for biking and walking. His or her time, knowledge, creativity, and commitment are the highest standard of excellence exemplifying a role model for peers.

Santa Monica Spoke is led by 100% volunteers, including our full time Director Cynthia Rose.
We depend on donations and support to keep our advocacy going here in Santa Monica and the region. We are raising funds to cover costs to send Cynthia to the National Bike Summit 2014. The Summit also includes the second annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum, a showcase of great ways to get more women on bikes.
Our goal is to raise $1500.00 to cover costs of the Summit in Washington DC and lobby for change at the National Level! Find out how to donate and pledge your support here

Cynthia Rose, Santa Monica Spoke


As Director of Santa Monica Spoke, Cynthia has worked tirelessly to make Santa Monica a better place to bike, walk, and live – all in an upaid volunteer capacity. As a founder, she has built SM Spoke into a highly respected voice for change via numerous local and regional alliances. The organization has become a key partner for the city, credited with playing a key role in the creation of the city’s Bicycle Action Plan. Cynthia has also been at the forefront of forming the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s Local Chapter Program, of which SMSpoke is the inaugural chapter. The Local Chapter Program is key in reaching all 88 municipalities in vast Los Angeles County.

Parker Dusseau Launch at Bike Effect: December 10th 2013

FREE BIKE VALET Provided by Santa Monica Spoke

Join the Facebook event here
Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30-9:30pm

Parker Dusseau is an apparel brand which celebrates the nexus of quality design and an active lifestyle. Named after the Founder’s late uncle, the brand honors Parker Dusseau’s spirit: his love of the outdoors, elegant sense of style and gregarious approach to life.

Vaughn Brown grew up watching his uncle, Parker Dusseau, touch the lives of everyone he met with his passion for living. After Parker’s passing in 2005, Vaughn sought a way to honor his memory, ultimately develop- ing a line of performance menswear, in 2012.

Save the Date: LACBC’s next speaker series event November 21st


LACBC and LA Walks are delighted to announce the next Speaker Series event here at LACBC Thursday, November 21st, 7 PM – 9 PM

Let’s Talk About Health: the Public Health Approach to Walking and Biking
Craig MartinezNeighborhoods Program Manager, Healthy California Program, The California Endowment
Jean ArmbrusterDirector, PLACE Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Malcolm CarsonGeneral Counsel and Policy Director for Environmental Health, Community Health Councils

Where: Edison Room, LACBC HQ (634 S. Spring Street, LA, 1st Floor)
Free for LACBC members & 2013 LA Walks donors
$10 general admission

Spread the word!

Harvest the Litter: Beautify Lincoln Project

Harvest the Litter- Lincoln Blvd

Sat, Nov 2, 2013 9:30 AM  – 12 PM

In an ongoing effort to make Lincoln Boulevard safe, clean, beautiful and green, the Lincoln Boulevard Task Force invites you to bring your family, friends, and neighbors and join in “harvesting the litter” from the sidewalks, parkways and alleys of our newly resurfaced and restriped Lincoln Boulevard.

  • Meet under the canopy in the Albertsons parking lot (Lincoln Blvd side) to   check in and obtain work gloves, trash bags, tools & block assignments.
  • This clean up will include music, sidewalk art, good company and school community service hours, and most of all personal satisfaction; plus 
  • An art walk with the lead artist of the new murals on Lincoln. 
  • Homemade brew courtesy of TRiPS, Lincoln and Grant (21 and older)
  • Buy 1/ get- 1- free kiddie cone at TREATS on Ocean Park and 17th
  • For MORE INFORMATION, to SIGN-UP for the CLEAN-UP or to serve as a SIDEWALK CHALK ARTIST or STREET CORNER MUSICIAN call event coordinator K.C. at (310) 593-1572 or email her at

The Lincoln Boulevard  Task Force consists of 4 neighborhood organizations: Ocean Park Association, Friends of Sunset Park, Borderline Neighborhood Association and Pico Neighborhood Association.
Please visit: to learn more about the Task Force’s inspired work and progress.

Improvements for Pedestrian, Bike & Car Circulation: Safe Routes to School

Santa Monica High School: Improvements for Safe Routes to School Safe Routes to School Flyer 10/2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Civic Center Auditorium, East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica

Students, parents and residents – Please join us to review the final concepts for improvements that will make pick-up and drop-off better for Santa Monica High School. The addition of protected bike lanes and improved sidewalks also furthers our City’s goals for safety, sustainability and equity and will help to improve circulation for bikes and pedestrians around the school for all road users. This project also works in collaboration with improvements proposed for the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project.

Come out and see the plans – give your input!  Help finalize the design for school access improvements to eliminate barriers to walking and biking and make circulation around the school safer and better for everyone!

Light snacks will be served. Bike and car parking will be available.
Big Blue Bus Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 serve the Civic Center.
RSVP (or just show up!) and Questions: Michelle Glickert or call 310.458.2204

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Grand Opening: Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square

Our Beautiful Carousel by Judy Raffel

Community Celebration: Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square

Saturday, October 19, 2013 • 11am – 4pm
Free admission, parking & bike valet

The celebration will feature music, crafts, storytelling, food trucks, and tours of the park’s diverse horticulture and innovative design elements. Tongva culture will be presented through traditional stories, songs, indigenous dances, and ceremonies.

Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the team behind New York’s celebrated High Line, Tongva Park was inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site.

The entire day if full of great events. See the full program here: Grand Opening Celebration

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Santa Monica Walking Train: Santa Monica Walks! October 26th, 2013

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Santa Monica Walking Train with Santa Monica Walks! & Santa Monica Next

Saturday, October 26
Meet: 3:30 p.m in front of the new library in Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Walk: Three miles, checking out Expo Line construction, Pico Neighborhood and the brand-new Tongva Park with Grace Philips & Gary Kavanagh (you can take the Big Blue Bus #7 back to the start, or vice versa)
Beers: 6:30 p.m. at Chez Jay, 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
See who’s coming and invite friends on Facebook

Los Angeles Walks promoted the month of “Walktober” with a series of events. Los Angeles Walks joins Santa Monica Walks and Santa Monica Next who are co-hosting an event here in our own fair city.
Beginning at Virginia Park the group will take a walking tour along construction of phase II Expo Line light rail and along Michigan Ave. in the Pico neighborhood where the “Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Project (MANGo) is proposed. Enjoy hearing about MANGo and a bit of history on the neighborhood which had rail service back in the day, and how the building of the 10 freeway divided not only one of our most diverse neighborhoods but is still a source of disruptive devision in our city today despite it’s benefits.

The walk will conclude at the BEAUTIFUL new Tongva Park overlooking Ocean Ave., with the arrival planned around sunset when the park truly shines. Stick around for drinks after at Chez Jay.

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CICLAVIA – HEART OF LA – Feeder Ride from Santa Monica Pier

CicLAvia – Heart of LA is this Sunday 10/6/2013!

Whether you ride down with us or get there on your own – don’t miss it!
CicLAvia – Heart of LA celebrates the streets of Los Angeles for everyone! Temporarily limiting the access of motor vehicles and opening the streets to all users – walking, wheelchairs, skates, bikes, scooters, skate boards, strollers – you name it!

Come experience the classic route, CicLAvia’s Heart of LA

We once again lead a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday October 6th. We meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00am and roll out at 8:30am sharp. Ride is aprox. 15 miles, mostly flat on streets with bike lanes or low traffic volume at our time of travel. See return options on mass transit below. Facebook event here. We will be traveling at an easy pace but do ask you to “stay with the pace” so we can all get there together. Join us Sunday and experience the fun of CicLAvia!


Start           Santa Monica Pier, at the Canon
Meet           8:00am   

Roll out      8:30am (sharp)
Route         Here  includes elevation and cue sheet 
Join us anywhere on the route but be early as we will only stop to regroup. No riders left behind.



Info on light rail & bus routes to or from CicLAvia

Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 takes the frwy downtown LA to Santa Monica FAST!
Metro 720 route DT Santa Monica south, Venice Blvd to downtown & Union Station
Light Rail: Connect to the Expo Line Culver City Station (timetable) then 
Big Blue Bus Rapid 20 to DT SM, Rapid 12 (to Westwood) or Route 12 (Westwood and Palms)
Bike Venice Blvd Bike lane west.  

Metro 733 route to Santa Monica on Wilshire Blvd from downtown LA

Stuff to bring:

  • helmut (for feeder ride or children under 18)
  • sun screen
  • cash
  • spare tube/ patch kit
  • hydration
  • any special tools your bike requires!